Australia’s economic update assumes international travel will resume in 2021

A clue as to when international travel may resume for holiday-starved Australians was tucked away in Thursday’s economic update.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg insists no decision has been made on opening the borders.
But the budget forecast relies on the travel ban ending by the start of 2021.

The economic outlook, delivered by Frydenberg and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, assumes travel restrictions are lifted between January 1 and June 30, 2021.

“This leads to the resumption of arrivals by temporary and permanent migrants, but at lower levels overall than normal,” the outlook statement says.

A stipulation says a two-week quarantine period would be in place for all arrivals.
Despite the forecast, Frydenberg says “dynamic conditions” meant nothing was set in stone.

“The assumptions are that it very gradually starts to come back, that quarantine is applied, that you start potentially bringing in international students,” he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.
“Of course the environment with respect to the coronavirus is very fluid.

“Decisions haven’t been taken about the start date for that.”

Health Minister Greg Hunt said from a health perspective, the border closure will be “constantly reviewed”.

Australia implemented a full travel ban on international arrivals on March 21.

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